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- Arts + Sciences Internship FUNDING for Spring & Summer 2018
We are pleased to announce internship funding for students in the College of Arts + Sciences for the spring 2018 and summer 2018 semesters. Information on requirements and eligibility can be found here. Questions may be directed to email@example.com or (812)-856-4278.
- Winter Career Fairs + Prep events hosted by The College of Arts + Sciences Walter Center For Career Achievement
Career + Internship Fair & Prep Events
Wednesday, January 17 to Wednesday, January 24; 11:00 AM – 3PM
625 N. Jordan Avenue in Room 309
Career Fair Prep
Wednesday, January 17; 6-7 PM
Dogwood Room, IMU
Come prepare for the 2018 Winter Career & Internship Fair! The event will be formatted as a series of small group conversations with Career Coaches. We will cover any remaining questions you have about the fair, including writing resumes, researching companies, networking with employers, what to wear, and more!
Career Fair Prep
Monday, January 22; 6-7 PM
Frangipani Room, IMU
Come prepare for the 2018 Winter Career & Internship Fair! This event will include a career fair prep discussion and time for Q&A, so bring your questions! Directly following this event, we’ll be hosting Employer Round Table Discussions, an opportunity for you to connect with employers before the fair and learn about their organizations.
Employer Round Table Discussions
Monday, January 22; 7-9 PM
Frangipani Room, IMU
During this time, students will be able to meet with employers in a rotating small group format to learn more about the companies and positions available within those companies. This is a great opportunity to make an initial connection with an employer. Please check our website for a continually updated list of participating employers.
Tuesday, January 23; 3-7 PM
Alumni Hall, IMU
This fair provides students the opportunity to network with employers from a wide range of industries looking to fill full-time positions and internships. Previous fairs have drawn over 100 employers and 1400 attendees. All students welcome! Students should dress in professional attire and bring copies of their resumes.
Non-Profit and Government Career Fair (New this year!)
Thursday, January 25; 4-7 PM
Alumni Hall, IMU
This event will provide service oriented students with a unique and more intimate setting to meet with nonprofit and government agencies hiring for full time and internship positions.
- WonderLab Animal Exhibits Internships 2018-2019
The exhibits department at WonderLab works diligently to provide and maintain the large variety of exhibits enjoyed by approximately 80,000 visitors a year. WonderLab’s live animal collection consists of reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods, a honeybee observation hive, and a large ant colony. Animal Exhibits Interns receive hands-on experience in the many aspects of WonderLab’s animal exhibits such as habitat
maintenance, direct animal care and observation, as well as exhibit improvement and creation. Animal Interns also interact with museum guests doing live animal demonstrations.
Summer 2018 Internship - Dates: Monday, May 7 – Sunday, August 5, 2018
2018-2019 Academic year Internship – Monday, August 13, 2018- May 5
Objective: To give student hands-on experience in husbandry, education and the many aspects of WonderLab’s animal exhibits department including the creation, improvement, and maintenance of animal exhibits.
Type: Unpaid (unless eligible for federal work-study) or for class credit
Time Commitment: Two, weekly shifts totaling 7 hours plus research time
- Animal care and maintaining display habitats
- Monitoring habitats for ideal conditions
- Live animal demonstrations, education and outreach
- Upkeep and organization of animal resources and care logs
- Completion of 1-2 animal specific projects (Academic Year, Class Credit Interns only)
Preferred skills and qualifications for this position:
- Interest in biology/animals
- Reliable with a strong work ethic
- Excellent communication skills, especially written
- Attention to detail and accuracy
- Experience working with vertebrates and invertebrates a plus
- Weekend availability
- Enjoys researching and creating educational materials
If you are interested in the Animal Care Internship position please do the following:
1. Send an introductory email, resume and cover letter indicating which internship session
you are applying for to:
Sam Couch - firstname.lastname@example.org
Animal Exhibits Manager
WonderLab Museum of Health and Technology
2. Fill out an application available on the WonderLab website at
- Spring 2018 Course: M509 Scientific Communication
A new course in the basics of science communication geared toward 1st year graduate students. It would also be appropriate for upper level undergraduates interested in pursuing graduate school. In this class we cover topics such as writing abstracts, preparing figures for different presentation modes (Papers, posters, talks), using instructions to authors, writing technical versus lay abstracts, preparing a CV and a resume, and communicating to the lay public. As an added benefit this 1 credit course can count toward a CMCB minor.
- Clay Lab- IUB campus- Two full time research associate positions available
The Clay lab has two full-time research associate positions available.
One is in the area of MICROBIOME research. We are seeking a Research Associate to use microbiological and molecular tools to assist with two different projects: 1) the distribution and prevalence of tick- and mosquito-borne pathogens in the face of environmental change, funded by the IU Grand Challenge Prepared for Environmental Change project, and 2) the identity and function of the fungal microbiome of the invasive grass, Phragmites australis, funded by a grant from the US Geological Survey.
The second position is in FIELD BIOLOGY. We are seeking a Research Associate to help with field work in southern Indiana related to two different projects: 1) collecting samples of ticks and mosquitoes multiple times per year from the same locations across multiple sites in south-central Indiana, funded by the IU Grand Challenge Prepared for Environmental Change project, and 2) overseeing field experiments and collections of the invasive grass, Microstegium vimineum (Japanese stiltgrass) and its fungal pathogens at Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge (BONWR) near Madison, Indiana and surrounding areas funded by an EEID grant from the USDA.
The full job ads are attached here and applications should be submitted through one of the given web portals. Please feel free to forward to potential candidates. Clay lab research is described at http://www.indiana.edu/~
- Indiana Canine Assistant Network (ICAN)
We are a group of students with a mission to educate, fundraise, and volunteer with the Indiana Canine Assistant Network (ICAN). ICAN focuses not only on the service dogs in the program but on the individuals involved in this process. We're looking for people who would be interested in joining! If you are interested, please send your name and IU email address to ICANatIU@gmail.com
· About ICAN : ICAN is a 501(c)3 non-profit organizations founded in 2001 that utilizes multiple prisons in the state of Indiana to train service dogs. These service dogs are then carefully placed with a disabled individual, ensuring their personality types and needs match up.
· General Member : We are looking for students or members of the Bloomington community interested in attending monthly meetings and fund-raising events. The goal of these members is to spread awareness on campus about service dogs and plan events that could help raise money for ICAN.
· Furlough : We are looking for students or members of the Bloomington community to commit to hosting a service-dog-in-training for a three week period three times over the course of the school year. Each dog will have two human companions who will split up the responsibility according to their own schedules. Please note this is still a large time commitment, and it will be necessary for you to attend additional meetings and complete extensive training before handling these animals.
· Executive Board : Ashton Asbury and Julie Mathias will be serving as ICAN at IU's Presidents for the 2017-2018 school year. We are looking for students to hold the role of Secretary, Treasurer, or a general executive member. If this interests you, please contact us: ICANatIU@gmail.com.
· Questions? : Please do not hesitate to reach out to Ashton or Julie via ICAN's email address to ask any questions you may have!
Julie Mathias and Ashton Asbury
- Animal Behavior Research Expereince for Undergraduates- Dr. Jeff Alberts
Dr. Jeff Alberts' Animal Behavior Lab is currently looking for undergraduate research assistants for our NIH-funded project to investigate the association between maternal gut microbiome and neurobehavioral development in offspring.
Who's a good dog?
Rudy Professor of Biology Sue Carter and colleagues have found that levels of the hormones oxytocin and vasopressin influence canine social behaviors and aggression. Significantly higher levels of oxytocin were found in the blood in service dogs, bred for their placid temperament, than in the average canine. Dogs that were more aggressive towards other dogs, however, had more vasopressin.
Although Carter has been studying these hormones for decades, this is the first study that has examined vasopressin and aggression in dogs. She notes that it opens up novel treatment opportunities.
Results of the study can be found in the Frontiers in Psychology article "Endogenous oxytocin, vasopressin, and aggression in domestic dogs."
Picture by Terri Greene
CISAB member Adam Fudickar studies animal behavior in response to climate change
The Limestone Post magazine explores research scientist Adam Fudickar's work on the Dark-eyed Junco. Climate and habitat changes are significantly affecting many species. Fudickar is devoted to understanding these effects and how animals are responding to them. The Dark-eyed Junco is providing some clues.
Microbiomes and Mental Health
Beginning at birth, new research suggests, gut microorganisms exert an influence on the development of brains and behavior. The depletion or imbalance of these microorganisms in mothers and newborn offspring may contribute to a higher risk of developing depression, anxiety and stress-related disorders in the future, as well as disorders of social behavior, such as autism.
In light of such findings, a newly launched NIH-funded study led by CISAB Faculty Jeffrey Alberts, Greg Demas and Cara Wellman seeks to explore the development of brain and behavior in tandem with the microbiome with the ultimate goal of preventing the disabling consequences of microbiome dysfunction, or dysbiosis, at birth.
CISAB members in the news
Congratulations to our 2017-18 CISAB Scholars:
- Mikus Abolins-Abols
- Amrita Bhattacharya
- Abby Kimmitt
- Misty Proffitt
Congratulations to our 2017 undergraduate summer scholarship winners:
- Miriah Liebering
- Katherine Tafoya
- Megan Wolf
Mark your calendars for the 2018 Animal Behavior Conference
Save the Date: the 2018 Animal Behavior Conference is scheduled for April 13-14.